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Jul 2, 2007 07:26 PM

Good oyster/seafood restaurants in Montreal?

I'm visiting Montreal for the first time and am interested in finding a restaurant that offers great fresh seafood - such as oysters or even a plateau de fruit de mer. Does anyone have any good suggestions for fairly priced places?

On a separate note (and posting), thanks to all who recommended pre-fix dinners! I will certainly try them out.

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  1. I have not eaten there, but reportedly "Milos" is a good seafood restaurant. Personally, I find that to get good seafood you should go to a French restaurant; I have had far too much overcooked fish in restaurants that supposedly specialize in fish.

    1. Not sure what you would consider a "fair" price. Au Pied de Cochon has excellent seafood platters and Joe Beef is renowned for its oysters. Both places are expensive, but both places go to some lengths to establish private supply lines and source exceptional ingredients. I would say they charge a fair price for what you get.

      1. APDC has been listed a number of times on this board with special mention to the fruit de mer platter.

        1. One of the highlights of Au Pied de Cochon's summer menu is the fresh fish and seafood from small suppliers in the Gaspé, Magdalen Islands and other nearby locations. The oysters, invariably excellent if variably shucked, come from further afield. The plateaux de fruits de mer are way impressive. Prices are commensurate with the quality.

          souschef's advice notwithstanding, the fish and seafood at downtown Portuguese bistro Café Ferreira are stellar. If preparations like shellfish and clams in garlic and cilantro-laced white wine float your boat and you don't mind the informal, even funky ambiance, Ail Y'ail Y'ail is a great, more affordable alternative.

          And while I don't recall seeing raw oysters or plateaux on the menu, Outremont's tiny Delfino is a fine spot for affordable fish. What's more, they have a pleasant terrasse.

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          1. re: carswell

            Delfino is indeed a sweet little place and its terrasse, on a semi-residential street in a typical, though upscale, Montréal neighbourhood, gives you a nice local experience:

            1. re: lagatta

              These options are a great start. I called up Delfino, and while they don't have plateaux or oysters, it seems like they have great fish options, which I'll definitely keep in mind. Au Pied de Cochon does sound fabulous as well. Given the description, the prices sound commenserate for the quality, as noted above. Thanks again for the suggestions. If you have any more, please let me know!

              1. re: froggy04

                Garde Manger also features oysters and has wonderful looking seafood platters .